Humanities Institute

Democracy & Community Action Reading Group: First Amendment Rights

Tue, March 28, 2017 | Austin Public Library Cepeda Branch, 651 North Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX 78702

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Democracy & Community Action Reading Group
Democracy & Community Action Reading Group

The Humanities Institute is co-sponsoring a new public reading group on the theme of 'Democracy and Community Action,' to be hosted by the Austin Public Library. Our third meeting will be held on March 28 at 7PM at the Cepeda Branch of the Austin Public Library. Please join us at this meeting to read and discuss the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and how it is called upon in today's political discourse.

This month's reading group will host three guests who will speak on First Amendment rights: Robert Jensen, Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and a member of the board of Culture Reframed, a representative from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Victor Cornell, Statewide Advocacy Manger of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

Robert Jensen is the author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013) and We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out (CreateSpace, 2013). He has written and spoken at length about freedom of the press, the role of journalism in today's political climate, and the importance of journalism to fostering a democratic society. 

CAIR is a national grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization. CAIR's mission to enhance cultural understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

As Statewide Advocacy Manger of the ACLU Texas, Victor Cornell works to grow ACLU's organizational statewide presence through coordinating with local activists and coalition partners to both serve local community needs and drive statewide strategic plans. Mr. Cornell holds an B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a philosophy degree from Austin Community College and a graduate degree in religious education and theological ethics from Meadville Lombard Theological School.

The reading group's resources, meeting agendas, and discussion boards can be found on our Wiki.

Due to limited space, please RSVP here

Sponsored by: Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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